Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Classic, Outdoorsy, Casual, Traditional, Romantic, Holiday
12 metres of Upholstery fabric on eBay for 29 GBP. 6 remnants of lace curtain fabric to reline the back cushions, as all the stuffing had been wrapped in j-cloth type fabric that had disintegrated (6 @ 1 GBP each). Used thread I had, and reused all zippers and piping string from the original cushions. Used original fabric as my pattern pieces.
What was your inspiration?
After 10 years sitting in the heat and sun, this well used suite needed some love and attention. But the price of reupholstering, and even the cost of just the fabric is phenomenal!! Thank goodness I can sew!
What are you most proud of?
Looking at swatches of material on-line can be a bit daunting, as you don't know exactly what it is going to be like when it arrives. But this fabric seems to give warmth to the suite that the original covers never did. I just love the way it turned out.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I roughly measured everything before I began, and then used a graphics program to roughly draw the pattern pieces converted from inches into mm - then placed them on a continuing width of 'fabric' to calculate how much fabric I would need. Don't forget to allow for selvedges (including where the zippers go), and the large fabric backs had internal zippers/spacers to create the lumbar effect), and then there is all the piping. I drew up the piping on the bias, but ended up using straight pieces from the edges - just as it turned out they had on the original covers - and this way there were no joins. I laid out the original cover pieces on my fabric before I cut anything to ensure I would get everything out - and ended up with just under a metre extra.